14 Reasons Why We Must Help those in Under-developed Countries/Areas Prosper!
I have always known that there were many reasons why we should help the less fortunate either
ephemerally or continuously. However, recently, after visiting one of the poorest countries in the
Western Hemisphere, I was compelled to write this article about the top 14 reasons why we
should help the folks in such countries or here in the US or other parts of the World (particularly
young, willing and vibrant minds) succeed in their current environments.
1. By helping the less fortunate, we are, essentially, helping ourselves. How so, you
might ask? Each time a person becomes so desperate that s/he ends up giving up on his/her
homeland or neighborhood to move to another area or country such as the United States
via legal or illegal means, it, not only, happens to the detriment of their homelands or current
areas but also to that of ours. In other words, their homelands or current neighborhoods become
disadvantaged by losing one of their own, and often, in the case of those who emigrate,
America or any other developed country, often, become burdened by one more immigrant who
will, not only, find it very difficult to assimilate, but also, in one way or another, may either
become a liability or get discriminated against due to normal human behavior or intolerance.
2. Job Creation - It is better to teach a man how to fish in his own homeland or current
environment than to hand him a fish anywhere (at home or abroad). The creation of jobs in
various industries will induce people to become more creative and innovative in their homelands
or current neighborhoods. This will have saved people ample time that would have, otherwise,
been wasted in often unsuccessful assimilation or adaptions attempts.
3. Prevention of Many Problems or Issues - when people move to other countries or
areas, they, often, bring new problems, and/or other issues with them. It is easier to help them
resolve their problems at their current areas (in which they are comfortable in set affinity groups)
by helping them develop their own countries or neighborhoods. More often than not, those that
lose hope after, unsuccessfully, moving to a new country or area, often resort to a life of crimes
to make ends meet and many of such individuals remain continuously on the wrong side of the
law in one way or another in order to survive.
4. Education - an educated mind is a very powerful resource. Education dissolves limitations
that might have, previously, seemed impossible to obliterate. By educating young minds to
become leaders in their own homelands and neighborhods, they will have developed a sense of
affinity, love and duty for such areas that cannot be found in others or non-natives.
5. Application of Our Existing Knowledgebase - many of us know a lot yet don't get to
apply what we know at our current jobs or occupations... As Leonardo da Vinci once said: "I
have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being
willing is not enough, we must do.”
6. We can all do Our Part to Help Improve the World TODAY! - Anne Frank once said:
"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”
7. “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world...” - Margaret Mead
8. “Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.” - Larry Miller
9. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
10. “I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” - Dr. Jonas Salk
11. “Your thoughts, words and deeds are painting the world around you.” - Jewel
12. “The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the
world, but to change it.” - Colin Wilson
13. “We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.” - Heidi Wills
14. “It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” - Jackie Mucheson
Contrary to popular beliefs, most individuals in under-developed areas are very kind,
appreciative, creative, intelligent, innovative and driven human-beings who happen to be caught
in a poverty-centric mindset, cycle or environment. Morover, they're usually plagued by
inneffective governments and infrastructures due to, not only years of corruption, but also
corrupt mindsets and cultural norms. Our best chance to reverse that cycle is to empower
young intellectual minds with the right tools for research and practice, while creating jobs in
various industries. In order to do so, I have created an organization called Strategic Solutions
for Missions and Businesses. The web site of the organization can be accessed at:
www.StrategicOnes.com. I urge you visit the web site to be a part of this movement in one way
or another. You'll be so happy you did.
Peterson Lorins is the Chief Editor of LorinsPOST.com and the founder of Strategic Solutoins for
Missions and Businesses (www.StrategicOnes.com)